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DAAWAT-E-ISHQ - An uneven and unconvincing plot marginally rescued by the performers and the message. (Review By Bobby Sing).

KHOOBSURAT - Thankfully its not a straight remake of the famous Hrishi Da classic and a fairly enjoyable venture too unexpectedly. (Review By Bobby Sing).

DON PEDRO - A true artist, his introspective vision and the creative orgasm he experiences after finishing off his passionate creation - An insight by Bobby Sing.

FINDING FANNY - Many would love it, a few would not but watch it for its fresh feel and performances, especially for Pankaj Kapoor & Deepika. (Review by Bobby Sing).

CREATURE - Its so boringly long with all unrequired songs and unexciting sequences that the horror becomes tiring as well as funny post interval. (Review By Bobby Sing).

MARY KOM - A pure filmy depiction of an inspiring, exceptional real life tale of a brave Indian sportswoman & a proud mother. (Review By Bobby Sing).

The story behind first FILMFARE Awards and its Trophy in 1954 (Did You Know - 81).

IDENTITY CARD - It begins realistically at a slow pace & then comes up with some extremely important questions raised on terrorism, Kashmir & STF reminding me of the dark days of Punjab. (Review By Bobby Sing).

RAJA NATWARLAL - When a con film is not able to con the viewers with its supposedly clever content then it actually fails. (Review By Bobby Sing).

TRIP TO BHANGARH - Another poor attempt in the name of Horror ruining a highly interesting, potential plot. (Review By Bobby Sing).

 
 
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Last year we had a heavy weight fantasy debacle from the banner of Eros Entertainment called “Drona”. And like a child committing the same mistake repeatedly, this year we have a similar kind of forgettable fantasy movie titled “Aladin”, once again from the same prestigious banner of Eros. Wasn’t there even one thinking mind in the team who could see that they were repeating the same horrendous blunder again leading to a big loss, both on financial and goodwill grounds? Wasn’t there any creative person at all, who could point out that “Aladin” was also having the same distasteful ingredients, which were earlier universally rejected in “Drona” in the very first few days of its release? In addition to this, it was really funny to know that the film based on one of the weakest script ever was in reality a product of "Boundscript Motion Pictures".....Looks like they only took care of the outer binding of the script and just forgot to read into the content.

Anyway, the mistake has been committed and the loss has to be faced by everyone involved in the making of this horrifying experience. Playing with the loving memories of a childhood story which is still fresh in our mature minds, the movie shamelessly lies in the lowest zone of creativity. Hanging in the mid, it is neither an enjoyable fare for the kids, nor a refreshing graphical ride for the youngsters. In other words it seems to be the result of the wandering mind of a director who is simply lost in his own artistic world and damn cares of the entertainment quotient of his final product.
 
To start with, in my opinion there are two most important and exciting sequences in an “Aladin” movie, which have to be dealt with extra care and creativity. First being the entry and introduction sequence of the Jinn. And second, the content of the three wishes granted to Aladin by the Jinn. Originally the whole movie should revolve around these three granted wishes and their surprising aftereffects. But shockingly neither of the above two sequences have been given the much required importance by the director Sujoy Ghosh. The Jinn simply appears from the cloudy smoke in few seconds and then just starts singing a song along with Aladin and a group of dancers, which is arguably the weirdest conceived sequence of the movie. Besides this, the three wishes are just wasted by Aladin, without any excitement build up or entertainment factor for the viewers.
 
Moreover the kids keep on waiting for something great to unfold on the screen, each time Aladin is going to say a wish, but nothing happens and post interval the movie moves on to a totally different tale of a Ring Master who is also in search of the magic lamp. Can’t say from where he came into the story all of a sudden as we have not read about any such character in the Aladin story. May be the director wanted to add some spice and thrill into the story with some additional villain characters. But sadly, his move of adding a baddie Ring Master, doesn’t work at all. On the contrary, the bonus track deviates the story from its original theme and takes away the world famous charm of this fantasy story.
 
In the performance department, except Ritesh Deshmukh, almost everyone goes over the top, acting with hyper reactions and high energy. It seems they acted that way according to the brief given by the director. Yet in bold terms, both Amitabh Bachchan & Sanjay Dutt should include this movie as one of the most regretful projects of their career. Debutant Jacqueline Fernandez is just there for adding some glamour value and she delivers what was being expected from her. But I was unable to figure out why three talented veterans Ratna Pathak Shah, Victor Bannerjee and Mita Vashisht were there in the movie playing completely unimportant roles which didn’t suit them at all. Only Ritesh Deshmukh looked like his character of Aladin on the screen and he is the only one who gives an impressive, controlled and enjoyable performance in the movie.
 
Musically, it’s another mediocre score from Vishal-Shekhar with no Hit Track as such. Moreover, most of the songs in the movie are deliberately added into the proceedings and could have been easily left out at the editing table itself. In fact it’s only the Cinematography and few graphic sequences in the movie which are able to impress the viewer to some extent. Otherwise it’s a complete disaster from the production team, who didn’t learn any lesson from their own dud “Drona”.
 
It was indeed sad to see all the valuable resources and hard work going down the drain once again in a useless effort of making an epic fantasy Indian movie. Actually we should stop thinking about competing with Hollywood in the Fantasy genre as it’s not possible to reach the level of “Harry Potter” or “Lord of the Rings” with this kind of mind setup, where a Ginni still has to sing songs along with Aladin.
 
If a big ship sinks then only the captain gets the blame, who is Sujoy Ghosh in this particular case, solely responsible for this silly & mad fiasco. Along with him both Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt are equally responsible for saying yes to this project and raising the expectation levels of all their children fans in the entire world. The veterans of the industry should understand the responsibility associated with their big names and ideally should take utmost care in selecting a project featuring them in the lead roles. But it doesn’t seem to be the way our Industry works as Bollywood keeps on delivering bad and disgraceful projects at regular intervals year after year and that too with some great confidence on their faces before the release.
 
In a nutshell, it’s high time that the production houses should rethink upon their working strategies. In clear words, they got to keep full control over their ongoing projects and their over-creative directors in order to save the hard earned money of both the makers and the spectators. Cause we really don’t want to witness any other “Drona” or “Aladin” in the future.
 
Rating : 1 / 5 (What a loss for everyone!)
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31 October 2009 / bobbysing /
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Vipul Shah once again returns with his uniform Punjabi flavour & the India-London theme. Taking another step ahead of his “Namaste London”, this time he impressively comes up with a good take on pop singers and the back stage drama in their over famous lives. But in an otherwise well directed, intense and emotional drama, he is sadly not accompanied by an equally enjoyable musical score (as in Namaste London), which was much needed by the subject and its script. So minus the songs and uninspiring music, here we have a well directed movie with some entertaining & enlightening moments and a worth watching climax (again subtracting the last song).

With a story about changing relationships between two childhood friends, “London Dreams” starts with a notable opening dialogue from Ajay Devgan and then moves into the flashback of the same overused fields of Punjab. After a few introductory scenes, a song and 20 minutes into the movie, enters Salman Khan, who simply sets the screen on fire with his superb effortless acting and hilarious comic timing. From here on the film takes off in actual terms giving way to a brilliant in-flight sequence where Salman interacts with the passengers, an airhostess and the security men in his own impeccable style. And then the first half ends with a well conceived on-stage sequence, which successfully excites you enough to see the further developments on the screen.
 
Post interval the narration moves into more serious matters, showcasing the cut-throat competition between artists, the feeling of jealousy among themselves and the evil games they play to taste success in their professional lives. The emotional conflict between Ajay and Salman further leads to a completely unexpected and splendidly conceived climax which gives new meaning to the spirit of friendship between two artists and childhood friends. In fact the climax sequence of Salman and Ajay at the Railway Station rightly deserves to be applauded for its superb writing and enlightening execution. Salman straight away wins the heart of every single viewer in the theater, coming up with a completely unimaginable solution to the problem existing between the two friends and gives a new meaning to the “Art of Forgiving”. But a whole song after their re-union was not creative or intelligent from any angle and the movie should have ended right at the Railway Station.

Performance wise Salman comes at the top with a great act, which includes comedy, emotion, tragedy and even trauma of a drug addict. Ajay Devgan gives another intense and explosive performance different from his current famous comedy movies. He looks dashing in his rough performer getup, but lacks the youthfulness and body flexibility of a rock artist. In other words, he seems to be quite stiff in his stage acts and moreover his self torture scenes were also not needed at all. They give you the feeling of Deja vu, since these kind of sequences were more seen in the movies of 70s & 80s, like the one in Amitabh’s “Mahaan”. Asin is breath-taking gorgeous and looks much better than “Ghajini”. Her short Sita-Gita act was enjoyable only because she looked equally beautiful in both kind of dresses. Though she didn’t have much to do in the project but she surely has got immense talent in her to be explored. Om Puri is cool and calm in his few scenes and notable dialogues but Ranvijay Singh gives an ok performance in his debut movie. He looked more confident in his “Roadies” act on the small screen. Aditya Roy Kapur, as Ranvijay’s brother is impressive & Brinda Parekh repeats her act of “Corporate”.
 
It can be said that director Vipul Shah is back with a commendable effort talking about the ugly side of human characters who happen to be stage artists in the current script. But the theme is equally relevant in any business form in this cunning monetary world. Vipul realistically directs few praiseworthy sequences in the movie like the one where Salman transforms two lines of a song in different kind of compositions having different tastes and the worth watching emotional climax scene at the railway station. However, along with these well directed ones, he also delivers a questionable sequence, when all the four members of the band except Ajay freely move out of the Wembley Stadium’s green rooms to the lonely, dark backyards, breaking all the security circles, on the very night of their much awaited performance.

Unfortunately, Vipul majorly faulted on his choice of compositions for a project which entirely talks about a musical band and its members. For such a script based on music itself, the songs and score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is too feeble to get register. There is no melody anywhere in the songs except one or two. In fact the most important song of the movie, which the band plays at their night in the Wembley Stadium, is completely uninspiring and boring. On the other hand the cinematography captures the essence of the subject superbly. The stage sequences and the Wembley have been shot real well along with some great computer graphics.
 
Conversely, I wondered that if a project is around Punjab and also requires a great amount of Punjabi language, music and feel to be incorporated into it, then why not they hire some actual Punjabi Professionals for the job, who can rightly guide them about the Punjabi dialogues, their pronunciations and the Punjabi melodies in the songs. Why they insist of using people who are no doubt immensely talented but they actually don’t know about the real feel of the soil and its musical requisites. For instance, Salman keeps on calling Ajay as “Bhara” which means brother, with a faulty pronunciation.
 
In simple words, if the entire actor fraternity in Mumbai can take classes for “Hindi” & “Urdu” languages, then why not they take classes for “Punjabi” when they have to portray the role of a Punjabi character. 
 
Summing up, I would like to say the “London Dreams” just missed out to become a masterpiece flick based on a good subject. It is Salman’s movie all the way, who will appeal to everyone from a city professional to a village farmer. Besides him, the movie and its theme will also appeal to wannabe artists from the younger generation. But it cannot be called a finely polished product as it has many unwanted songs and scenes which could have been easily edited out. And I wish it had some good melodious songs which would have taken the brilliant performances in the movie to another level alltogether.
 
Rating : 3 / 5
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30 October 2009 / bobbysing /
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Andaz Apna Apna - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

One of the most famous and appreciated comedies by the current generation, “Andaz Apna Apna” is directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi, who is more known for his hard hitting emotional dramas and thrillers. It was his first comedy movie featuring the two big Khans, Aamir & Salman, who were also coming together in a project for the first time. With the new age kind of humor, intelligently directed by Santoshi, the movie scores high on the entertainment quotient and has many well conceived comedy sequences to enjoy.
 
Along with the boys, both Karishma Kapoor & Raveena Tandon also contributed equally in making the movie a Classic Bollywood comedy of the hip generation. Moreover, the hilarious acts of Paresh Rawal in a double role and Shakti Kapoor as Crime Master Gogo hugely helped the movie in acquiring a cult status in the world of comedies, on the lines of the immensely famous “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” & “Padosan”. Especially the last thirty minutes of the film wherein all the lead characters are having a blast in the Don’s den are a real treat to watch in this highly enjoyable classic.
 
Ironically, the movie was completely rejected by the audience at the time of its release in 1994. However, I still remember the great time we all had while watching it in the big cinema hall of those times but somehow it couldn’t establish the right connection with the viewers universally. May be the one liner witty humor in the movie was way before its right time. And that might be the reason why “Andaz Apna Apna” later received its much deserved appreciation from the younger generation and is now currently included among the Top 10 comedies ever made in the Hindi Film Industry.
 
So, the next time, you want to have a good fun time together with your family then this is what you should go for at once. A highly recommended flick for all Bollywood comedy lovers.
 
Directed By Raj Kumar Santoshi
Starring : Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Paresh Rawal, Shakti Kapoor, Deven Verma & more.
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28 October 2009 / bobbysing /
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Ghar - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Very few movies are based on stories capable of shaking the viewer with a shock treatment and making him think. Very rarely comes a realistic story on the screen which sends shivers down your spine and makes you feel sorry for the characters facing the unexpected tragedy. “Ghar” is one of those rare well directed movies from Bollywood, having an unfortunate story to tell which happens to be both realistic and disturbing at the same time.

Revolving around the life of a newlywed couple, the story depicts the tragic trauma faced by both the husband and wife when they become victim of some bad elements of the area while returning from a late night film show. The harsh and unkind tragedy with the couple, completely changes their outlook towards their own existence and they have to fight real hard to overcome the unfortunate even of that dark night. Interestingly, “Ghar” has a unique story plot which was quiet bold and a first in Hindi Cinema at the time of its release in the late seventies. And that was the reason it also won the Filmfare Award for the Best Story in 1978.
 
The novel plot of the movie got its much required support from the talented diva, Rekha, who plays the traumatised wife of the helpless husband enacted by Vinod Mehra. Unarguably included in one of her top five performances, the movie has Rekha in a completely different avtaar (role), as never seen before or after “Ghar”. She brilliantly portrays the fear, pain and grief felt by her character in the script in the most believable way which touches the viewer deep inside. Vinod Mehra also compliments the lifetime performance of his co-star in an impressive manner which in turn makes this movie a worth watching emotional experience, not to be missed.
 
Director Manik Chatterjee emerges as a master film-maker in this touching portrayal of human emotions. He captures the inner fight of his characters on the screen in a splendid way. But sadly he could give us only two movies in his lifetime as a director. Though his second movie cannot be termed as a classic comparitively, but it still has her favourite actress, Rekha featuring in & as the “Bhaurani” released in1989. Along with his master music director “R. D. Burman” & legendary lyricist “Gulzar”, Manik also showed a tremendous sense of music & lyrics in his “Ghar”. With musical gems such as “Aaj Kal Paon Mere”, “Tere Bina Jiya Jaaye Na”, “Phir Wohi Shaam Hai” & “Aap Ki Ankhon Mein Kuchh”, the movie will be always remembered as one of the best sensitive and socially relevant films made in Bollywood. So, if you havent seen it yet, then just go for its DVD at once.
 
Directed By Manik Chatterjee
Starring : Rekha, Vinod Mehra, Dinesh Thakur, Prema Narayan & more.
Music by R. D. Burman
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